Buyers reward youth with best turnout ever

Auctioneer Charlie Jones of Blanco signals a bidder on Saturday at the annual sale held as part of the livestock auction. Buyers paid a record $941,552 for 308 units. More photos can be found in this week's paper, on A/B5 and D7-12. — Standard-Radio Post photo/Yvonne Hartmann

Sales records continue to be broken as buyers once again dug deep into their pockets to support local exhibitors at the 2015 Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Auction.

Buyers paid a record $941,552 for 308 units at the sale, held in the Exhibition Hall at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Saturday.

The sale culminated the annual youth livestock show, which opened on Thursday and continued with a full judging schedule on Friday.

In 2014, buyers paid a record $667,016 for 299 units and in 2013, a record $523,227 was paid for 297 units.

“Our sale was very successful again with an outstanding group of buyers rewarding the youth for their hard work throughout the year,” said Blaine Hahn, president of the Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show Association.

He said, “It was great to see so many individual and syndicate buyers being so generous at the sale.”


Gillespie 4-H team wins national championship

National championship honors were won by a team of Gillespie County 4-Hers, from left, Elaine Lochte, Amy Heimann, Sean O’Leary and Dylan Sione, at the 95th annual Western National Roundup in Denver, Colorado, Jan. 8-11. — Submitted photo

A team of Gillespie County 4-Hers brought home championship honors from the 95th annual Western National Roundup in Denver, Colorado, Jan. 8-11.

The Nutrition Quiz Bowl team of Amy Heimann, Elaine Lochte, Sean O’Leary and Dylan Sione represented Texas in the Western National Roundup Family and Consumer Sciences Bowl.

They were coached by Gillespie County Extension Agent Shea Nebgen.

Theme for this year’s event was the “The LeaderSHIP”.

Thirty-four states and Alberta, Canada, were represented in various contests at the Western National Roundup.

The FCS Bowl is comprised of a written exam in order to rank teams for the quiz bowl portion of the contest, explained Nebgen.

Contest resources for the questions included information on My Plate, Checking Accounts, Internet Safety, Luggage, Earbuds and Cleaning Products.


Pianist Doug Montgomery performing Sunday

Doug Montgomery will be playing a concert on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church.

A performance by international pianist Doug Montgomery of Santa Fe, New Mexico, will be offered Sunday Jan. 18, during the fourth monthly program of the Fredericksburg Music Club’s 2014-2015 Concert Series.

The 3 p.m. appearance by the pianist-vocalist at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church will feature a wide repertoire of selections, including pieces by Marvin Hamlisch, Chopin, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rachmaninoff, Leonard Cohen, Pachelbel, Irving Berlin and George Gershwin.

The concert is free, although goodwill offerings are welcome.

A Chicago native, the 30-year-plus veteran performer began playing the piano as a fifth grader before attending Northwestern University’s pre-college music prep program at age 15 and then earning a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern in 1976.


'Mr. Purvis and the published book'

“Mr. Purvis and Tiny” is Brian Eckert’s first published book. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie


Growing up on a ranch near Fredericksburg, Brian Eckert wrote a lot of what he calls “cowboy poetry.”

These writings have gone on to inspire Eckert’s first venture into fiction, a new children’s book “Mr. Purvis and Tiny.”

WestBow Press published the book in November.

Inspired by true stories, this book is about a cowboy rancher named Mr. Purvis and his Brahman bull named Tiny.

“He’s an old cowboy who’s got a problem on his ranch,” Eckert said, describing Mr. Purvis. “He tries to take care of the problem without being mean or ugly, but just kind of in a fun, cowboy way. He deals with problems in his own way.”

Specifically, Mr. Purvis uses humor, wit and a “Tiny” solution to protect his favorite fishing hole from unwanted guests.


Commissioners approve platting for subdivision

By Austin R. Eck —

The preliminary and final plats of Harper Oaks Subdivision were approved on Monday by the Gillespie County Commissioners’ Court.

It is a bit unusual to have a preliminary plat and final plat for approval in the same meeting, County Judge Mark Stroeher said.

In June, officials approved the preliminary plat and asked for some changes before approving the final version. The six-month time period the developer had to make the changes passed, so officials had to reapprove the preliminary.

There was concern about water availability in the new subdivision. A study by Paul Tybor and the Hill Country Underground Water Conservation District (HCUWCD) suggested the water supply may not last long-term.


'Rock out' at weekend gem and mineral show

Minerals, fossils, meteorites and other “rocky” things will be on display during the 46th Annual Hill Country Gem and Mineral Show this weekend at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park’s Pioneer Pavilion.

The Fredericksburg Rockhounds are hosting this free event, which also includes free parking.

Hours will be Saturday, Jan. 17, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The show will feature jewelry, geodes, stone carvings, exhibits and demonstrations. Experts will be available to identify mystery rocks that any visitors might have.

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Minister group to remember Martin Luther King Jr.

Gillespie County Ministerial Association will hold a service remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on Monday, Jan. 19, at noon at the pavilion behind the Vereins Kirche on Marktplatz.

The service will last about 30 minutes and include the playing of an excerpt from one of Dr. King’s more memorable speeches, followed by a song and a prayer.

“Race relations have come a long way in our country, but events around the nation over the last several years, or as recently as the last few months, remind us that there is still a long way to go,” said the Rev. Jeff Hammond, rector of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church and planner of this year’s event. “And it’s not limited to racial issues. We divide ourselves along the lines of gender, age, political ideologies or any number of things.”

The Rev. Bobby Vitek, pastor at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church and president of the Gillespie County Ministerial Association, explained why the association chooses to sponsor this service.


City council eyes change to health insurance

Concerns over the city’s self-funded insurance plan have forced the Fredericksburg City Council to hold a special meeting this morning to discuss the issue.

Paul Rutledge of the Texas Municipal League, which administers the city’s insurance plan, presented an update on the status of the health insurance fund.

“Recently, costs have been increasing and the special council meeting will address how to handle these increased costs,” City Manager Kent Myers said. “Last year when we put together the budget, we told the council that we continue to have some financial challenges with our health insurance and we wanted to get back with the council after the first of the year to update and determine a course of action.”

Monday meeting


Extra patrols lead to five DWI arrests

Fredericksburg Police Department had extra patrol officers on the street during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Officers were assigned specifically to target impaired drivers and other unsafe driving behaviors. Those efforts resulted in six arrests, five of which were for Driving While Intoxicated.

Police officers assigned to the extra patrol shift also made 69 traffic stops that resulted in 21 citations and 73 warnings.

According to FPD, the department will continue to increase patrol throughout future holidays this year to keep roadways as safe as possible for those who travel.


During the Christmas holidays, the city often sees in an increase in theft. FPD increased the number of officers to combat theft by patrolling parking lots of the businesses throughout Fredericksburg. This practice began Thanksgiving weekend and was ongoing through Christmas.


Gillespie livestock show, auction opens Thursday

Greg Knopp and the late Jerry Durst are being honored this year by the Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show Association. On hand Sunday night at the annual buyer appreciation barbecue for the plaque presentations were, from left, Lane Ottmers, vice president of the Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show Association; Knopp; Durst’s wife, Kathy Durst; his daughters, Amber Elliott, Teresa Pope, Jennifer Barnett, and Blaine Hahn, president of the Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show Association. — Standard-Radio Post photo

Youth and their animals will take center stage at the 2015 Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Auction, Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 8-10.

Set for the Gillespie County Fair Grounds, the show puts the spotlight on 311 youths from Gillespie County 4-H clubs, the Fredericksburg FFA, Fredericksburg Junior FFA and Harper FFA chapters who have been busy over the last several months feeding, exercising and grooming their livestock projects.

While the county show is the only competition for some local exhibitors, a large number will be continuing on to other contests across the state.

Coming just after the county show will be the Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show in Kerrville, Jan. 18-24.


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